If you do need to apply formally you must have completed at least one subject under your degree. If you are a new student and have not completed any subjects and wish to commence at a later date you should apply to defer.
A leave of absence is available to international students studying on a student visa only in limited circumstances (under the ESOS Act, National Code 2007).
You must provide a statement outlining compassionate and compelling circumstances that are beyond your control and have an impact on your course progress or well-being. You must also attach documentation to your application to support this statement.
If approved, any subjects you are enrolled in during the approved leave period will be automatically withdrawn (this only applies to subjects where the census date has not yet passed).
If you are or expect to receive a payment for a scholarship, taking a break from study could mean your scholarship is deferred or terminated. Please refer to the specific rules of the scholarship you are receiving or contact Scholarships for further information.
If you are receiving an Undergraduate Commonwealth Scholarship paid by JCU, your payments will be suspended while you are taking a break. You can defer scholarship payments for up to one year. After that time, your scholarship will be terminated. To arrange deferral of your payments, contact Scholarships.
If you are receiving a Start-up Scholarship and/or a Relocation Scholarship your scholarship payments will be suspended while you are on a leave of absence. For more information, please contact Centrelink.
If you had to apply formally for a leave of absence, to return early or extend your leave of absence, send an email from your JCU account to your Enrolment Team.
Update your address, phone and personal email address in eStudent to ensure you receive communications about the outcome of your application and when your leave has finished. If you are leaving the country, add a temporary address while you are on leave.